UPDATE 9/3/18 — As of Monday afternoon the fire is was controlled, 80% contained, and stood at 36 acres.
UPDATE 5:05 p.m. — The fire has now reached roughly 40 acres, and progress of the fire has slowed due to firefighting efforts. The Lake County News is reporting that the fire is about 5% contained. Resources are being scaled back a bit as well, which is a good sign.
MENDOCINO Co., 9/2/18 — A wildfire has broken out in the area between Hopland and Kelseyville, south of Hwy. 175. The fire, which has been dubbed the Ridge Incident, began around 2 p.m. and as of 3:30 p.m. has grown to about 30 acres.
CalFire states that the fire does have a moderately high rate of spread, and that weather conditions are not favorable to firefighting efforts with temperatures in the low 90s, low humidity, and wind above 10 mph.
A full air response has been ordered, with many aircraft hitting the fire repeatedly.
Here is a tweet sent out by CalFire:
Firefighters are battling a 30 acre fire off Highland Springs Rd & Old Toll Rd, Kelseyville (Lake County). #RidgeFire pic.twitter.com/gyLYfSwijq
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 2, 2018
We will continue to update.
Thanks for being there! I’d love to see a story on who names these fires and how they come up with them. Not exactly hard news but I think it might be interesting.
That’s a good question! A lot of times they are simply named for a nearby landmark, but sometimes it is more interesting. They have to make sure to not repeat names as well.